26th Avenue North Bikeway Public Art, “Assemble”
Partners: Public Works, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
Assemble is a public art initiative along the 26th Avenue North Bikeway which will be constructed 2015-17 and connect Theodore Wirth Park and the River. The theme, Assemble is central to the corridor as it is a major point of connection for walking and biking across North Minneapolis. At its core, Assemble is about creating connections and providing platforms for community identity and voice.
The goals of this project include developing a series of public art pieces that:
- Speak directly to members of the Northside community;
- Create opportunities for the community to assemble; and
- Build off the deep history of assembling, organizing, and community gathering on the Northside.
Seven to eight emerging Minnesota artists with connections to North Minneapolis were selected in Spring 2016 to participate in a two-day workshop and create design concepts. The semi-finalists were: Carolina Borja, D.A. Bullock, Ben Janssens, Scottie Tuska, Christopheraaron Deanes, Meena Mangalvedahekar, Christopher Harrison, Esther Osayande, and Angela Davis as an alternate.
Based on the semi-finalist designs, an artist selection panel comprised of community residents, City staff, bikeway designers, area artists and other key stakeholders selected finalists to fabricate and install artwork along the corridor. The budget for the final projects, including artist fees, materials and fabrication is $25,000 per artwork. The finalists include:
Christopher E. Harrison is a fine artist, public artist and graphic designer who is based out of the Twin Cities. He has exhibited his work at art venues locally, nationally and internationally. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, he has BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and is working on his graduate degree in fine art from the Art Academy University in San Francisco, CA. Christopher is currently an Arts Educator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His studio is located in the North Minneapolis neighborhood where he creates paintings, drawings, sculpture and collage. The piece he is developing for the 26th Avenue North Bikeway is entitled Aqurbane and will be located near Wirth Parkway.
Christopheraaron Deanes is a public artist who develops narratives that depict communities engaged in social, religious and political works while holding true to each one’s own identity and engagement of others. He is currently working with Minneapolis Public Schools developing critical thinkers’ commitment to creative and democratic classrooms. He is also an artist with the John Biggers Seed Project and is working on several other public arts projects and private commissions. Mini-oil paintings are also a large part of his commissioned work. Deane’s proposed artwork along the 26th Avenue North Bikeway, the Big Book is focused on engaging families in literacy and will be situated next to a neighborhood school along the corridor.
Esther Osayande has been engaged in a wide range of visual art making activities over the past twenty years, from making floats to facilitating art-based workshops for people from five to seventy five years old, from all walks of life anddiverse backgrounds and cultures. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists across the Twin Cities and is part of an exciting creative network where she both gains knowledge from veteran artists and passes that knowledge to emerging artists. As a Northside community member, Osayande’s practice is rooted in her past and present experiences and future vision for the neighborhood.
Osayande works in several mediums; although painting will always be her first love. She enjoys working with her hands and creating works from found pieces that evolve into a story of their own. She says, ““My vision comes through my work. As a conscious artist I want to spread a message of good will and share the joy of spirit. I believe this something that we all want and need regardless of where we are stationed on this blue marble, earth, where art speaks to us all.“
Osaynde’s piece for the 26th Avenue North Bikeway, Purple Raindrop will be located in or near Farview Park.
For more information contact Mary Altman.
Last updated Aug 23, 2017